WVU Tech outlasts Rio men in double OT

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The budding rivalry on the men’s soccer pitch between the University of Rio Grande and West Virginia University-Tech added another interesting chapter on Saturday night.

Ruben Martin Macias scored just over a minute into the second overtime period to give the visiting Golden Bears a 4-3 win over the RedStorm in River States Conference play at Evan E. Davis Field.

Rio Grande slipped to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in league play with the loss.

WVU-Tech was playing its season opener.

Martin Macias’ game-winner came off a crossing pass from the right wing by Eduardo Gutierrez with 8:34 remaining in the second extra session.

Rio Grande forced overtime in dramatic fashion when junior Nicolas Cam Orellana (Santiago, Chile) scored on a penalty kick with 31 seconds left in regulation.

Unfortunately, the goal was a costly one as Orellana appeared to suffer a knee injury on the kick and was helped from the pitch. He did not return for the overtime periods.

Orellana’s goal was his second of the contest. His first – off an assist from junior Charlie Chechlacz (Liecestershire, England) – gave the RedStorm a 1-0 lead with 3:00 in the first half, but the Golden Bears tied the game on a PK of their own by Pablo Muniz Rocandio just over four minutes into the second half.

Tech grabbed its first lead of the game just over 2-1/2 minutes later when Luis Alejandro James blistered a shot from 25 yards out past Rio freshman goal keeper Kieran Hodges (Hewish, England), but Rio knotted the game at 2-2 when senior Ewan McLauchlan (Aroch, Scotland) scored off an assist by Orellana with 23:22 remaining.

WVU regained the advantage with 8:40 remaining when Andrija Milenkovic scored off a free kick from 40 yards out by Muniz Rocandio, setting up the dramatic finish.

Rio Grande finished with a 29-13 advantage in shots overall and a 9-7 edge in shots on frame.

Hodges had three saves in a losing cause for the RedStorm.

Guillermo Crespo stopped six shots in net for WBU Tech.

The contest was a physical one from the outset with a combined 29 common fouls whistled between the two teams, as well as a whopping 15 yellow card cautions being issued and resulting in three red card disqualifications.

Rio Grande lost sophomore Diego Montenegro (Santiago, Chile) to a second yellow card/red card with 14:43 left in regulation and lost sophomore Rodrigo Basso (Santiago, Chile) to the same scenario four minutes later. Tech’s Nathan Williams was disqualified for a second yellow card with 31 seconds left in regulation.

Rio Grande will look to rebound when it returns to action on Thursday at Ohio Christian University.

Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. in Circleville.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.